Pollution Attacks Asthmatics

33 million people land in emergency rooms globally each year because of asthma attacks caused by air pollution, according to research published this week.

The study is the first to quantify the global burden of asthma linked to unhealthy air. Asthma affects about 358 million people worldwide.

Ozone and particulate matter are top culprits—meaning reducing traffic pollution is a hard-and-fast way to quell the problem. Quantifying it is crucial, too, because research data is a gateway to unlocking resources to address the scourge of pollution, says lead author Susan C. Anenberg of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Environmental Health News

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